Surveillance cameras are set to be installed at the Sheepshead – Nostrand Housing Projects in August, according to Councilman Michael Nelson, who nearly quadrupled the funding for this project last month.
Residents, though, should be skeptical of any proposed date.
Find out why residents should doubt the start date.
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If you saw heavy police activity turn up near 2986 Avenue V at around 2:30 p.m. today, the answer is no, it wasn’t another violent incident in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Housing Projects.
It was just an elevator repairman.
NYPD converged on the scene, aided by hostage negotiators and Emergency Service Unites, after a neighbor called 911 to report what appeared to be a man poised to jump from the roof of the building.
Once the authorities showed up, however, it became clear that it was an elevator repairman, working on the building’s constantly problematic elevator system.
Detectives stand outside the scene of the shooting.
A man has been shot in the head at 2938 Avenue W, near Nostrand Avenue, according to scanner reports.
The call came over police scanners shortly before 2:00 p.m., indicating that a male victim has been shot in the head and is in serious condition.
A crime scene is being established, and the NYPD has issued a Level 1 Mobilization for the area, suggesting the perp is still on the loose.
Update (2:37 p.m.): The shooting occurred inside an apartment unit. The victim has been transported to the hospital.
Update (2:56 p.m.): Victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center. Not likely to survive.
Update (3:02 p.m.): News vans and reporters have arrived.
Update (3:05 p.m.): He was shot on the 6th floor of the building.
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The body of a homeless man, who police identified as 32-year-old Jimmy Albright, was discovered inside the elevator of 2953 Avenue W between Nostrand Avenue and Batchelder Street.
After police responded to a 911 call at 7:45 a.m. yesterday morning, the bullet-riddled body of Albright was found inside the elevator of the seven-story Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses building.
According to several reports, authorities are still trying to determine who shot Albright, when exactly the shooting occurred, and why he was in the building in the first place.
This latest murder in the city housing development occurred despite the promise that brand new high-tech security cameras, ID-embedded door locks and new intercom systems would be installed throughout the 18-building complex.
The cameras were supposed to be installed by the first quarter of 2012, with all work finishing no later than March.
Amahal Lynch offered no apologies after a judge sentenced him to 40 years to life for the brutal 2010 murder of his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter.
“People make mistakes,” Lynch told the victims’ relatives who demanded a statement, according to the Daily News. “God is good, you know. I repented, you know.”
The crime was revealed in May 2010, when police were called to the scene of a burglary in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. What authorities found were the naked lifeless bodies of Shakeema Elliot, 29, and her daughter Kaliya Williams in the bathtub, and pills scattered around.
But upon further investigation, police concluded that the bodies had been moved and arranged to suggest a murder-suicide, and the medical examiner soon found that both had been strangled to death and the 8-year-old sexually abused.
Lynch admitted to the 2010 double murder after officers nabbed the East New York resident days after the crime.
By confessing and pleading guilty, Lynch avoided a sentence of life without parole.
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The city is proposing to strategically deploy high-tech security measures in the Sheepshead Bay – Nostrand Houses to deter crime, featuring new cameras, ID-embedded door locks and new intercom systems throughout the 18-building complex.
Find out details of the plan, and what residents and local officials think.
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When it was announced a few weeks ago that the cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was mulling over the idea to place billboards — possibly for booze and fast food — on the sides of its buildings, residents of the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses, on Nostrand Avenue between Avenue V and Avenue X, came out against the idea, claiming “it would make many rundown buildings look even worse.”
The Housing Authority quietly circulated notice last week that it’s looking to hire a consultant to advise them on selling advertising space in developments that more than 400,000 people call home.
The unprecedented proposal sparked fears among residents that building lobbies, facades, courtyard benches or trash bins could be plastered with ads touting unhealthy products.
However, “Instead of placing billboards,” one resident told News 12, “we need more cameras for our safety.”
Keep reading to find out what happened – or didn’t happen – to those cameras, and why NYCHA’s alternative will prove a waste of taxpayer money.
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A 27-year-old man was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital Saturday night after taking several gunshots to his torso.
According to reports, Avery Kelly was found just after 11:00 p.m. after having been shot almost 30 times near the entrance of his apartment building at 2258 Batchelder Street in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Police told the Daily News they recovered 25 shell casings in the hallway of the building.
One reader writes in: “Just to show how self-contained the projects are, this happened 2.5 blocks from my parents’ house and they had no idea anything happened aside from the obligatory helicopters flying overhead.”
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Josephine Rodriguez is comforted by friends after the murder of her daughter, Crystal Melody Sweet, during a triple shooting at the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Source: The Daily News
Deadly gun violence broke out at the start of the Memorial Day weekend during a Friday night bloodbath at 2938 Avenue W, resulting in the deaths of a young mother and her boyfriend.
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Ciera Glenn, 25, mother of a little boy, upcoming graduate of Medgar Evers College, and full-time employee, was enjoying a night out with her boyfriend, Tyree Shelton, 27, at a Halloween party at a Prospect Heights bar. As they left the celebration in the early hours of Saturday, October 30, they couldn’t know that their paths would cross with those of a killer.
As the early morning sun rose over the waking city, a dark scene unfolded in the lobby of 2336 Batchelder Street in the Sheepshead / Nostrand Houses, where Shelton lives. Alone, on the floor and still in costume, Glenn lay dead from multiple gunshot wounds near the mailboxes. The grisly scene was first discovered by a neighbor.
“I opened the lobby door and I saw the young girl dead,” neighbor Luke Kopelakis, 71, told the Daily News. “There was blood in the elevator, blood on the walls.”
Her boyfriend, shot once in the face, was able to drive himself to Coney Island Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Motives, like suspects, are scarce as police examined the scene. Spooky and smiling Halloween decorations hung nearby as local children geared up for their turn to celebrate a day usually reserved for fun and candy. That is, all except for one little boy.